Wednesday, May 1
Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) gives over its taps to its staff at 5 p.m. See what great beers the Ray’s employees choose.
Pale ales are the focus of the weekly meeting of the Milwaukee Beer Society at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.) at 6 p.m. Cost is $17 ($12 for members) and the ticket includes a chance to win tickets to Crafts & Drafts Beer Fest.
Beer School at Palomino (2491 S. Superior St.) examines Belgians from 7 to 9 p.m. For $20 you can learn about, and taste, a few of them.
Thursday, May 2
East Town Kitchen and Bar (323 E. Wisconsin Ave.) hosts a beer dinner featuring Gathering Place Brewing. The five-course experience starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $50.
It’s a Trap(pist!) Bierklasse at Centraal Grand Cafe and Tappery (2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) examines beers made by Trappist monks from 7 to 9 p.m. The night has a Star Wars theme (in advance of Star Wars Day on May 4) and costs $35.
Flight Night at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center (1111 E. Brown Deer Rd.) means samples of beers from the likes of 1840 Brewing, The Fermentorium and a few others from 6 to 9 p.m. It also means that you can meet some birds of prey at the center. The cost is $60.
Friday, May 3
Cheers to the Delafield Brewhaus (3832 Hillside Dr., Delafield) for celebrating 20 years of business. One of the area’s first brewpubs marks the anniversary all week with specials and special releases. On Friday they’re tapping an anniversary IPA. Make the trip west to help them celebrate.
Ray’s Growler Gallery gets everyone ready for Milwaukee Beer Week with a Central Waters tap takeover at 5 p.m. The menu includes a pilot batch of Apricot Double NEIPA and a few barrel-aged gems.
Saturday, May 4
The Brewery Running Series comes to MobCraft (505 S. 5th St.) at noon. Run a 5K and then have a beer. Cost is $30.
Milwaukee Beer Week begins, which means they are far too many worthy beer-related events to mention here. Check the schedule on the website to view the abundance of activities. We’ll have a rundown of can’t-miss events later this week.
Sunday, May 5
The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) hosts a Cinco de Mayo party starting at 11 a.m. that features beers like Third Space La Concina Dark Mexican Lager and Lakefront Citrica Mexican Ale.